Past and Present
In 1947, The Priory School first opened its doors to 25 children in "Le Manoir", an old stone house in N.D.G. For the founders, Frances E. Ballantyne and Alphonsine Howlett, education was of premiere importance, as their own families were reaching school age. They were convinced that these early years could not be compromised. Driven by their vision of a structured yet creative education and by young children's thirst for care, attention and academic stimulation, they founded The Priory School.
The number of students gradually increased, and by 1949 the school moved to the larger premises it occupies today, Lindsay House on The Boulevard. The number of students continued to increase. To accommodate this, the Ballantyne Building was constructed, adding a multipurpose hall, classrooms, an art studio and library. The building was officially opened by Governor General Georges Vanier in 1961. Read More In The News: Unique School for the Children Founded, Operated by Two Women
1997 marked the 50th Anniversary of the founding of The Priory School and with it, the launching of The Priory Rejuvenation Project, entirely funded by The Touch Tomorrow Campaign. The Priory Rejuvenation Project, led by Princiapl John Marinelli, provided the school with a state of the art computer centre, library, art room and multi-purpose gymnasium. This allowed The Priory to remain at the forefront of the elementary educational community.
In 2010, led by past Princial Deborah Heuf, Spreading Our Wings, the largest capital campaign in the history of the school took flight. This project would fulfill the 21st century needs of our students. The Summer of 2011 saw the successful completion of the new wing in just 11 short weeks. The new wing provides four new enriching classrooms, a dedicated French environment, light-filled Art room, stimulating Music room, new and expanded Gym, dedicated Library, multipurpose room and a classroom for our Priory Enrichment Program.
Today, under Principal Tim Peters direction, The Priory welcomes approximately 165 pupils and maintains the traditions that have made it so successful over time. In partnership with the parents, The Priory works to ensure that children are allowed to be children; to play, sing, perform, discover and explore their world in a caring and nurturing environment.